Greater Barton Arts has become an affiliate of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library (DPIL) in order to support the early literacy of children from birth to five years. This means that GBA will work with organizations in towns and villages throughout the Northeast Kingdom to enroll eligible children to receive an age-appropriate book each month in their name and mailed to them. This program started over twenty years ago in Pigeon Forge Tennessee is now in five countries and has distributed over 170 Million books. The cost per year is $26! The books are award-winning classics, and contemporary titles, and twice a year are in Spanish and English. Any child is eligible to receive the books which also contain reading tips for parents. As of October 28, 2021, our status has changed from a “committed affiliate” to an “operational affiliate,” this means that we start ordering books tomorrow for children in at least half a dozen towns and villages in the Kingdom. We have raised $15 Thousand (deposited with the Dollywood Foundation in Pigeon Forge Tennessee) for this project to make sure it rapidly expands throughout the Kingdom in every one of the fifty-some towns, villages, and gores from Derby Line to Barnet. Because everybody reads in the Kingdom with the Dolly Parton Imagination Library Program. GBA will guarantee that for the first 10 children enrolled in every place in the Kingdom, GBA will pay the full cost of the program for one year. There are 3045 children in the Northeast Kingdom eligible to receive these quality books delivered to them in their name. To cover them all would cost less than $80 Thousand a year.
Please donate on our Support GBA Menu above $26/child per year; $130 to cover a child for the full 0 to 5 years; or $260 to fund 10 children for one year or two children for five years, or any amount you choose. We will recognize donations in these amounts and make sure they are credited to the Imagination Library. Please donate generously to this worthwhile endeavor.
To instantly register your child go online to:
and enter the child’s zip code and requested information.